Outdoor program and advancement are tools to teach Scouting
2013 Summer Camp Summary
Gorham Scout Ranch, Chimayo, New Mexico
24-hour Adventure Weekend for new Scouts, followed by 6 days of swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing & rappelling, nature, Scoutcraft, advancement, ....
Rode a charter bus to/from camp
Toured the museum at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
42 Scouts attended
17 adults spent the full week with the troop
2013 Annual "Trek" Summary
Mt Zirkel Wilderness Area backpack (Colorado)
21 Scouts & adults in 2 crews on separate itineraries backpacked the scenic Mt Zirkel Wilderness Area in northern Colorado
Ended with shower & swim at the hot springs pool, followed by pizza
Value of Parent Involvement
Why do we insist on parental involvement? Because our experience tells us boys with involved parents are more likely to be successful in Scouting and in life.
Do we kick out boys whose parents cannot or will not meet our involvement standards? No, of course not (they need Scouting more than most). And we rejoice when Scouting helps such a boy along. But it is also disheartening to see unrealized potential that only a parent's loving involvement can bring out.
Our experiences with over 500 Troop 97 Scouts since 1978 shows a Scout will accomplish the following on average:
If one parent is a uniformed leader or active committee member, the Scout will:
camp 58 nights
stay in 4.6 years
go to 3.5 week-long summer camps
go on 1.5 challenging one- or two-week High Adventures
42% of such boys will earn the Eagle Scout award
11% will earn their church's God and Country award